“Every street, every stone, seemed to be only for us. We were alone on earth, in Paris in August “, Charles Aznavour, French singer
As in the song and film “Paris in August”, Umbert wants you to enjoy Paris and the charm of the “City of Lights”.
Not everything is closed, and above all everything is accessible !
Umbert enjoys terraces, gardens, a boat on the Seine and a motorcycle adventure …
Do you know why 1,900 red geraniums decorate the front of the hotel ? This is the testimony of the love story between Jean Gabin and Marlène Dietrich. The Plaza is a haute couture hotel where luxury is in the details, and not in extravagance. The hotel is a flower paradise in spring and summer.
Etiquette : if you have already stayed at an hotel, you can ask by booking the room number that you like so much.
- Brunch 14:00-16:00
Umbert enjoys the terrace and beautiful people on the famous Avenue Montaigne. An ideal moment to let time slip between friends, and sharing an excellent bottle of fresh rosé wine.
Etiquette : a man always asks his female guest if the choice of wine suits her.
- Shopping 16:00-18:00
A little tipsy, Umbert wanders along Avenue Montaigne, looking for a unique piece in haute couture boutiques.
Dior : the famous haute-couture shop presents a men’s collection with sleek and young design. Christian Dior said : “Real elegance is everywhere, especially in what is not visible”. Dior Homme 24 rue Francois 1er 75008 Paris
Yves Saint Laurent : The Saint Laurent look remains timeless from costume to shoes. Umbert admires the decoration of the shop reminiscent of the “Art Deco” style. Yves Saint Laurent 53 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris
Etiquette : if you drop a clothe, it should be picked up unless the seller is near you and does.
St Dupont : Umbert chooses Marilyn Monroe’s favorite lighter, Jackie Kennedy, Humphrey Bogart, and a fountain pen to rediscover the taste and chic of writing. St Dupont 58 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris
Vuarnet : Umbert has tried Mick Jagger’s 02 mount, the 06 worn by Alain Delon, and Daniel Craig’s “Glacier” model in “Specter”. He chose the 03 model created in 1960 and worn by Jeff Bridges in the movie The Big Lebowski. Vuarnet 28 rue Boissy d’Anglas 75008 Paris
Caron : Umbert now enters the sacred world of Caron perfumes. The perfume flows from crystal fountains. In 1934 was born the mythical “For a Man” and the choice is difficult : it will be “The 3rd Man” more racy. Caron 23 rue François 1er 75008 Paris
Etiquette : knowing how to perfume is an art. A perfume is put on the wrists and in the hollow of the elbows, to keep all of its aroma.
- Hairdresser 18:00-19:00
Cercle Marc Delacre : Umbert goes to his fetish care center for a moment of relaxation that includes cutting, shaving and facials.
Etiquette : let the hairdresser create for you, or be precise on your desires, he will accept your choice.
- Dinner 21:00 – 23:00
The garden and the terrace of the Hotel Bristol are very green, with an excellent French cuisine. Umbert follows the men’s dress code recommended by the management : smart and casual outfit, mandatory jacket, tie not mandatory but preferable. For a gift : a tea set for two from the unique “Histoire Naturelle” collection of birds and butterflies hand painted on Limoges porcelain.
Etiquette : a linen jacket is ideal for this restaurant in the summer. To be even more chic, choose a printed suit pocket, be careful pocket and tie must be different.
- Cocktail 23:00
A splendid view, the calm of the Kleber Avenue in August, Umbert joins friends on the rooftop of the Peninsula Hotel, for a tasting of the cocktail menu and lots of laughs.
Etiquette : if the choice of the cocktail is difficult, ask the waiter or tell the bartender to compose it according to what you like.
- Coffee & Croissants 10:00 – 11:00
The freshness of the interior garden of the Plaza Athenee hotel is so pleasant in the summer … Umbert decides to have a quiet breakfast while browsing through the latest fashion magazines.
Etiquette : you can cut the croissants in half, spread a portion of butter, jam, honey as and from the tip.
- Exhibition 12:00 – 14:00
The exhibition “In the Tune with the World” follows two complementary paths : “Man in the universe of life” (Humans in the universal living) & the second plunges the viewer into the world of Japanese artist : Takashi Murakami.
Etiquette : when entering the different rooms, say hello to the guards, but do not ask them to explain the works, it’s not their job.
- Brunch 14:00-16:00
Umbert chooses to have a quick lunch on the spot, admiring the greenery of the Jardin D’Acclimatation.
Etiquette : The bread is not eaten before the first course is served, even if you are very hungry !
- City boat tour 16:00-19:00
Unexpected moment, Umbert joins his friends Diane and Emma for a tour on the mythical Riva boat of the 1960s, to discover Paris from the Seine : champagne on board !!!
Etiquette : there is an aperitif on the boat : do not throw anything in the Seine, it’s good to preserve our planet.
- Dinner 21:00 until late …
Tonight will be a festive dinner with all Umbert friends remained in Paris. To continue the evening, they will enjoy cocktails at the bar L’Herbarium on the roof-top. All the charm of the roofs of Paris.
- Coffee & Croissants 11:00 – 12:00
The party continued late into the night, as often in Paris. Umbert decides to have a quick breakfast at the hotel.
Etiquette : when you go to the buffet, take each time a clean plate, the staff will get rid of the one who served.
- City moto tour 13:00-16:00
Umbert wants to enjoy the summer and chooses a very original experience to visit Paris, its history and its secrets. How ? Equipped with a vintage helmet, it takes place on board in an authentic sidecar driven by a Gentleman Sider, after choosing the formula that suits him.
Etiquette : know how to listen to the explanations of the guide, do not cut the word especially by saying “me I …”
- High tea 17:00
The weekend ends in his favorite place in Paris. Ideal time before taking the plane, the Ritz Hotel terrace. “The Ritz is the ultimate step before paradise,” said E. Hemingway. French Tea Time, in the luxurious setting of this amazing place. Madeleines, a typical French pastry, served before the Melba Peach, and the tray of 3 floors filled with old-fashioned biscuits. Not to mention the “exceptional tea”. Advance reservations required.
Etiquette : do not cut a hot toast yourself. Ask the server to cut it in half.
Summer is ending and already the images and emotions are jostling … September will be rich in discoveries and events, Umbert will make you love the beginning of autumn in Paris.
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Bon voyage !
Umbert de Paris